This is a short hike around Sprague Lake. It is popular with families and couples.
Abner Sprague, a homesteader, rancher, pioneer, explorer, engineer, author and mountaineer, started a homestead in 1874 and built a cabin for him and his wife. Not long after they started selling food and drinks to tourists. Next came a small rental cabin, then another, and their operation eventually grew into a lodge for hunting, fishing, and dude ranching. Sprague Lake was named in honor of Abner.
From the parking area find the signed trailhead leading across a bridge to the lake. Take a moment at the bridge to spot small fish darting around in the shallow water. Once at the lake, choose a clockwise or counter-clockwise direction - it makes no difference which way you go. The path is 4 - 5 feet wide, flat, made of packed gravel, and is stroller and wheelchair-friendly.
Along the way are a couple dozen species of wildflowers, ducks to watch, birds to observe, and boulders for kids (young and old alike) to climb upon. Signs detailing the history of the area and the names of nearby peaks and glaciers are sprinkled along the trail. Numerous benches are available for resting as is a short pier for fishing.
Two campsites are located a short distance from the trail. Picnic tables, drinking water and restrooms are located next to the parking area. In order to get a parking space it's best to get there early. Either that or consider using the free shuttle bus if you're visiting the park during the peak summer season.
Check out the Official Route and Triplogs.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.